Heed is an old word, meaning to listen to and follow. It can also be used as a noun: "Take heed of my instructions, little boy," said the old bearded man. "My potion will only work for the one who wears the ring."

The most common use of heed is with warnings. The word derives from Old English hēdan and is related to the Dutch hoeden and German hüten––from Germanic cultures where fairy tales with mysterious warnings and magical consequences abound.

Definitions of heed

n paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)

“he spends without heed to the consequences”
attentiveness, paying attention, regard
heedlessness, inattentiveness
a lack of attentiveness (as to children or helpless people)
advertence, advertency
the process of being heedful
Type of:
attending, attention
the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others

v pay close attention to; give heed to

Heed the advice of the old men”
listen, mind
Type of:
be obedient to

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